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Food Service

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Providing all students with nutritious, nourishing meals thoughtfully sourced and made with love.
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Welcome to the Portland Public Schools Food Service. Our mission is to provide all PPS students with nutritious, nourishing meals thoughtfully sourced and made with love. We do this to fuel students’ learning, build life-long habits of health, and strengthen our community. Representing the largest school district in Maine, we are driven to elevate the role of food in public education so that all students can experience a model of sustainable, equitable food systems.

We serve over 6,500 students in 16 schools – 3 high schools, 3 middle schools and 10 elementary schools. 57% of Portland Public School students are eligible for Free & Reduced Meals (2018-2019). And for many food insecure students, the meals they eat at school comprise a crucial portion of the food they consume daily. We partner with FoodCorps, Cultivating Community, school garden coaches, local farms and providers, Let’s Go, Americore, Food Fuels Learning, SNAP-Ed, Full Plates Full Potential and others to serve community needs in fun and creative ways.

Much like a large scale catering company, we serve all elementary schools through meals prepared at our Central Kitchen facility. We also supplement Middle School kitchens with scratch made meals like our homemade sauce, taco meat, hummus and vegan chili. With supportive oversight, PPS high school kitchens operate with more independence over purchasing and preparation to provide students with customized options.

The PPS Food Service Department, while an important part of the school system, has a goal of operating as a self-sustaining organization. Our goal is to maintain the program from revenues for meals sold and government reimbursements, without requesting money from the school budget.

Our vision is that the cafeteria becomes a valued hub for nourishment, experiential learning and community connection.

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